Anderson Cooper is a highly-respected journalist, but that didn’t stop him from having a little fun at Donald Trump Jr.’s expense on Monday night.
During a phone interview with Fox News host Laura Ingraham, Trump Jr.’s phone suddenly seemed to cut out, with seven seconds of silence and a brief “hello” before dropping all together. While technical issues happen from time to time on live television, the drop was impeccably timed. Ingraham had just asked Trump Jr. about the Trump Tower meeting, which his father, President Donald Trump, revealed had been an effort to get dirt from the Russians on Hillary Clinton.
Anderson Cooper couldn’t help but laugh at the poor timing (around the eight minute mark), invoking Ben Stein’s portrayal of the droning teacher from the 1986 John Hughes film “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” with his own “Bueller…? Bueller…?”
A dropped phone call is likely the least of Donald Trump Jr.’s worries. As Cooper explained in the coverage leading up to the Bueller joke, Trump Jr.’s actions leading up to the Trump Tower meeting are looking more and more like conspiracy. The eldest Trump son made waves last year when he tweeted email correspondence proving that he knew the intermediaries he was meeting were acting on behalf of the Russian government. The screenshots were accompanied by what Trump Jr. said was his statement, however it was later proven that the statement was dictated by his father.
Here's my statement and the full email chain pic.twitter.com/x050r5n5LQ
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) July 11, 2017
With President Trump’s admission that the meeting was to get dirt on Hillary Clinton, Twitter hasn’t been exactly merciful to either of them.
Don Jr.'s line drops out when he's asked on Laura Ingraham's radio show about conflicting statements on Trump Tower meeting. He came back on show, but wasn't asked about conflicting statements, Cohen, what his dad knew. Instead, he attacks media and probe. https://t.co/vxGDPQut5u
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) August 6, 2018
This is amazing. Ingraham gives Don Jr. a softball question abt Trump Tower "contradictions", he suddenly has technical difficulties and disappears. Then he reappears and the questions are forgotten. https://t.co/zlw2PMhGUv
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) August 6, 2018
52 USC 30121(a)(2) outlaws what POTUS has tweeted Don Jr did in soliciting campaign help from Russian nationals. 18 USC 371 makes all who agreed to this unlawful act guilty of a felony punishable by 5 years in prison if any conspirator did anything overt to further the plot. QED.
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) August 6, 2018
— Dr. Dena Grayson (@DrDenaGrayson) August 7, 2018
Enjoy your freedom while you have it, Junior. pic.twitter.com/pIW5m6OFZm
— Stacey Graves (@StaceyGraves240) August 7, 2018
The botched Laura Ingraham call isn’t the first time that even technology seemed to give up on Trump officials. Just last month, President Trump found himself in a similar situation.